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National Music Centre Celebrates Canada Day with Free Admission on July 1, Courtesy of connectFirst Credit Union

National Music Centre Celebrates Canada Day with Free Admission on July 1, Courtesy of connectFirst Credit Union

  • Five floors of fun at Studio Bell and 50% off NMC Memberships for one-day only

  • Live music on King Eddy’s main floor and rooftop, presented by NMC

(Calgary, AB — June 1, 2023) On Canada Day (also the seventh anniversary of Studio Bell’s opening), Calgarians are invited to spend the day exploring the musical mosaic of the country. Admission to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), will be free on July 1, courtesy of connectFirst Credit Union. Plus, NMC will be presenting live music on the King Eddy’s main floor and rooftop for a full-fledged building-wide bash.

NMC’s annual event brings the community together to feel, heal, learn, and connect through the power of music. With new exhibitions, hands-on, family-friendly activities and pop-up performances across multiple floors, there’s lots to see and do for all ages of music lovers.

“As we celebrate another milestone – our seven-year anniversary – we want to thank our community for their support,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC. “It’s because of our supporters that we’ve been able to make a positive impact on our community and share the diversity and vibrancy of music in Canada with the world. We have free live music offerings throughout the building on July 1, so join us for a day of musical exploration!”

To thank supporters, NMC will be offering 50% off all NMC Memberships for one-day only on July 1. Memberships will be available for purchase onsite and online at NMC Members and connectFirst members will also get front-of-the-line access to Studio Bell on July 1.

Studio Bell will be open on Canada Day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with activities that include performances from Afro-fusion group Mbira Renaissance Band, Ukrainian bandura-player and vocalist Iryna Kalinovich, and traditional Indigenous drumming from the Stardale Women’s Group. There will also be multiple performances on the Kimball Theatre Organ, and pop-up demonstrations of other unique NMC Collection items, as well as interactive activities.

    Visitors can also explore the artists and instruments that make Canada rock through several exciting new exhibitions. Randy Bachman: Every Guitar Tells a Story showcases over 80 guitars and a lifetime of stories from the legendary Canadian rocker. Nickelback fans will get a retrospective look at an exhibit celebrating the Canadian Music Hall of Famers. And music fans can check out 25 of the world's most rare guitars in a brand-new exhibit dedicated to the almighty guitar.

    Cap off a day of discovery at the legendary King Eddy for brews, bites, and bands. National Music Centre will be presenting live tunes from 1:00 pm ‘til close. Catch six-piece honky tonk country and roots dynamos Tom Phillips and The D.T.s, country artist Robert Adam, alt-roots band Cold Little Crow, and bilingual indie/folk-rock duo Post Script on the Eddy's main floor, and old-time banjoist and songwriter Amy Nelson, indie-folk singer-songwriter Bennett Mitchell, country artist Mariya Stokes, and country duo The Rural Routes on the rooftop. No cover all day on the main floor or rooftop.

    Check closer to July 1 for the entire day’s schedule at Studio Bell and the King Eddy.

    Canada Day in East Village
    Enjoy family-friendly activities throughout East Village. Shop at the East Village Neighbourhood Association Street Fair, located along 8 Avenue SE, between 4 Street and 6 Street. Explore the Central Library. Visit East Village Headquarters along RiverWalk to learn about the community. Discover St. Patrick’s Island, filled with live music and festivities. And much more!

    There is a lot to do on Canada Day in East Village, so please allow enough time for transportation. We encourage you to walk, bike or take public transit to Studio Bell on Canada Day.

    For a full listing of Canada Day events in Calgary, please visit:

    About National Music Centre | Centre National de Musique
    The National Music Centre (NMC) has a mission to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music. It is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in the heart of the East Village in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 territory. NMC is the home to four Canadian music halls of fame, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Quebec’s ADISQ Hall of Fame. Featuring musical instruments, artifacts, recording equipment, and memorabilia, the NMC Collection spans over 450 years of music history and innovation. A registered charity with programs that include exhibitions, artist development, performance, and education, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. For more information about NMC’s onsite activities, please visit To check out the NMC experience online, including video-on-demand performances, made-in-Canada stories, and highly entertaining educational content, visit


    Media contact:
    Julijana Capone, Senior Publicist
    National Music Centre
    T. 403.543.5123
    | @nmc_canada